Thursday 20th November 2014
 
 
Thu 20 Nov
20:00 - 21:00 Thursday Programme
Salaat followed by Dua Kumail
Fri 21 Nov
20:00 - 22:00 Friday Programme
Salaat followed by lecture by Amina Inloes: Race and gender in how we portray Kerbala

Amina started off her academic endeavor by studying computer science at UC Berkeley, California. She currently has a Masters degree in Islamic Studies and is working on a PhD in Islamic Studies. Amina works for the Islamic College in London (www.islamic-college.ac.uk) in the Department of Research and Publications and as a lecturer.

As a speaker, she enjoys discussing spiritual, ethical, doctrinal, and historical issues pertaining to the time of the Imamate. She is also interested in social issues and educational issues that are relevant to the community as a whole.

In addition to this, Amina has a Masters degree in education and has much experience working in Islamic schools.
Sat 22 Nov
09:30 - 12:30 Tuition Classes
09:30 - 10:30 GCSE Maths - year 11
10:30 - 11:30 A/S Maths - Core C1 - year 12 (Core C2 from January 2015)
11:30 - 12:30 A/S Maths - S1 - year 12 (M1 from January 2015)
Sun 23 Nov
06:30 - 07:30 Fajr Salaat
Fajr salaat followed by breakfast
08:00 - 09:00 Tafsir classes
Tafsir Classes with Shaykh Bahmanpour discussing the 18th Chapter of the Holy Quran (Surah Kahf).

Shaykh Bahmanpour has studied sociology at LSE and has acquired an MA in the subject from Tabatabai University, Tehran.
Mon 24 Nov
No events for today
Tue 25 Nov
19:00 - 20:00 Yoga Classes
Yoga classes for ladies are taking place at Mahfil Ali on Tuesday evenings between 7:00-8:00pm. The cost for session is 3.50 or 15 for 5 sessions.
For more information or to sign up, please send an e-mail to: yoga@sicm.org.uk
Wed 26 Nov
09:45 - 12:00 Mother and Baby Group
Mahfil Mother and Toddler sessions are back on! Join us on Wednesday mornings for play, activities and rhymes.
 

CHAPTER 39

THE BELIEF CONCERNING DISSIMULATION (taqiya)

 Says the Shaykh, may the mercy of Allah be on him: Our belief concerning taqiya (permissible dissimulation) is that it is obligatory, and he who forsakes it is in the same position as he who forsakes prayer. Imam Ja'far as-Sadiq was told: 0 son of the Messenger of Allah, verily we see in the mosque one who openly abuses your enemies, calling out their names. And he said: May Allah curse him! Why does he refer to us? He, Who is Exalted above all, says: "Revile not those who invoke (deities) other than Allah, lest wrongfully they revile Allah through ignorance" [6, 108] And Imam Ja'far in explaining this verse has said: So do not revile them, lest they revile your 'Ali. And he also said: He who reviles the friend (wali) of Allah (i.e. All) has reviled Allah. And the Prophet said: He who reviles thee, 0 'Ali, has verily reviled me; and he, who reviles me, has verily reviled Allah.

Now until the Imam al-Qa'im appears, taqiya is obligatory and it is not permissible to dispense with it. He, who abandons it before the appearance of the Qa'im, has verily gone out of the religion of Allah, Exalted is He, and the religion of the Imams, and disobeys Allah and His Messenger and the Imams. Imam Ja'far was asked concerning the Word of Allah, Mighty and Glorious is He: "Verily the noblest among you, in the sight of Allah, is the most pious" [49, 13]. He said: (It means) he who adheres most scrupulously to the practice of taqiya.

And Allah, the Blessed and Exalted, has described the showing of friendship to unbelievers as being (possible only) in the state of taqiya. And He the Mighty and Glorious says: "Let not believers take disbelievers for their friends in preference to believers. Whoso doeth that hath no connection with Allah unless (it be) that ye but guard yourselves against them, for fear of being killed" [3, 28]. And Allah the Mighty and Glorious says: "Allah doth not forbid you to deal with kindness and fairness toward those who have not made war upon you on account of your religion, or driven you forth from your homes: for Allah loveth those who act with fairness [60, 8]." "Only Allah doth forbid you to make friends of those who, on account of your religion, have warred against you, and have driven you forth from your homes, and have aided those who drove you forth: and whoever maketh friends of them are wrong-doers" [ibid., 9].

And Imam Ja'far said: Verily, I hear a man abusing me in the mosque; and I hide myself behind a pillar so that he may not see me. And he (Imam Ja'far) said: Mix with the people (enemies) outwardly, but oppose them inwardly, so long as the Amirate (imratun) is a matter of opinion. And he also said: Verily diplomacy (arri'a') with a true believer is a form of shirk (polytheism); but with a hypocrite (munafiq) in his own house, it is worship. And he also said: He who prays with them (hypocrites) standing in the first row, it is as though he prayed with the Prophet in the first row. And he also said: Visit their sick and attend their funerals and pray in their mosques. And he also said: (You should) become an ornament for us, and not a disgrace. And he said: May Allah have mercy on a person who inculcates friendship towards us among men, and does not provoke ill-will among them.

The storytellers (qassasun) were mentioned before Imam Ja'far, and he said: May Allah curse them, for they speak ill of us. And he was asked concerning the storytellers, whether it is permissible to hear what they say, and he said: No. And Imam Ja'far said: He, who gives ear to a speaker, has verily rendered himself submissive to him; if the speaker (discourses) concerning Allah, then the listener has verily worshipped Allah, and if he speaks of the devil, then the listener has worshipped the devil.

And Imam Ja'far was asked concerning the Word of Allah, Exalted is He above all: "As for the poets, the erring follow them" [26, 224]. He said: These are the storytellers.

And the Prophet said: He, who goes to an innovator (dhu bid'a) and gives him respect, strives towards the destruction of Islam. And our belief, concerning him who opposes us in a single injunction of religion, is the like of our belief concerning him who disobeys us in all the injunctions of religion.

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